Obanliku, a Cross River LG where wives deny husbands sex to achieve community development

Gov. Ben Ayade

The women in community in Obanliku Local Government of Cross River State, have opened up on how they have always encouraged their men to build toilets before coming close to them for sex.

Obanliku Local Government is located in the northern senatorial district of Cross River and it is one of the rural communities targeted to make Open Defecation-Free (ODF) by Global Sanitation Fund (GSF).

The community recently met the requirements as stipulated in the protocol for certification of ODF and was pronounced open defecation-free community, courtesy of GSF’s Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN).

But some house wives in the area said something stunning, among others, contributed to attaining ODF-status to make the local government area the first open defecation-free in the country.

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During the declaration of the community open defecation-free, the women in Obanliku said they always encouraged their men to build toilets before coming close to them for s*x.

“We met among ourselves to discuss how open defecation affects us, affects our children, how we have so many flies in our communities.

“We suggested and agreed among ourselves what could be done to make their men responsive to the challenge and we resolved to hold fast to no sexual relations except they build toilets in each household.

“Now there is no house you visit that does not have toilets, nobody defecates in the open any more, we are all aware of the dangers,’’ Mrs Lydia Bisong, a woman in the community said.

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Pointing out the importance of sustained sanitation and hygiene, Mr Jerry Ashua, the chairman, Obanliku Local Government Area, said there had been reduction in deaths from sanitation-related diseases since the introduction of RUSHPIN.

He said apart from the initiative of the women in the area, staff of the local government collaborated with the traditional rulers to introduce a fine of N20, 000 as punishment for anyone caught defecating in the open.

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